I imagined that the battle between Sega and Nintendo would be similar to the classic rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird: a story of two great competitors who ultimately gain respect for each other.
The handheld market will likely always belong to Nintendo and could keep them afloat for a few more system failures, but consumers and developers want more from Nintendo on the console end. They are treading on thin ice.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting Titanfall since it was announced at E3 in 2013. For Microsoft, it's considered a system seller. For gamers, it's an exciting beginning to what promises to be blockbuster multiplayer console gaming experience.
Its management is sending mixed messages to the industry. And following a second holiday season of abysmal sales, a generation of young gamers is aging out of the market with no emotional attachment to Mario.